The spaces and times of community farming


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Liu, Pingyang, Gilchrist, Paul, Taylor, Becky and Ravenscroft, Neil (2016) The spaces and times of community farming Agriculture and Human Values, 34 (2). pp. 363-375. ISSN 0889-048X

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This paper uses a multiple case study approach to researching people's everyday lives and experiences of six community farms and gardens in diverse settings in China and England. We argue that collective understandings of community are bound up in everyday action in particular spaces and times. Successful community farms and gardens are those that are able to provide suitable spaces and times for these actions so that their members can enjoy multiple benefit streams. These benefits are largely universal: in very different situations in both England and China, CSA members make strong connections with the land, the farmers and other members, even in cases where they rarely visit the farms and gardens. This suggests that community farming and gardening initiatives possess multi-dimensional transformational potential. Not only do they offer a buffer against industrialized and remote food systems, but they also represent therapeutic landscapes valued by those who have experienced time spent at or in connection with them. Our findings indicate that - regardless of location or cultural context - these benefits are durable, so that people who have been engaged in multiple activities at a community farm or garden continue to enjoy these benefits long after most of their engagement has ceased.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community farming; Everyday life ;Therapeutic landscapes
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L727 Agricultural geography
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1007/s10460-016-9717-0
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 14:24

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